Hand to hand sports trained young men as warriors and athletes. The Hawaiians had wrestling contests in the makahiki too.
The best wrestlers came from different places. They fought to see who was the best wrestlers on the island. There were wrestling contest in each ahupua'a (district) also.
People watched the fight. The fighters grabbed each other and tripped them. The winner knocked the other fighter to the ground for victory.
Wrestling was a game enjoyed by the chief. The chief would cheer for who he thinks would win. If its man he wanted to win lost he would crown the other wrestler.